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22 December 2017

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Many of those living within the displacement camp in Lahij, Yemen fled from nearby govenorates when the ongoing conflict spread to their neighborhoods. File photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

After 1,000 Days of Conflict, Major Humanitarian Challenges Threaten Lives in Yemen

Posted on Fri. December 22, 2017

Sana’a —The two-and-a-half-year-old conflict in Yemen has left a catastrophe. The crisis has continued to deteriorate following last month’s escalation of fighting in the north, as well as explosions in the south.

Essential services have collapsed and approximately 75 per cent of Yemenis need humanitarian assistance. A cholera outbreak has affected 21 of the 22 Governorates, while only 50 per cent of health facilities remain functioning in the country.

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IOM staff hold Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) interviews in Mineo, Sicily, Italy. Photo: Laura Bartolini/IOM

New UN Migration Agency Report Sheds Light on Migrants’ Vulnerabilities to Human Trafficking and Exploitation En Route to Europe

Posted on Fri. December 22, 2017

Geneva – There are specific risk factors associated with increased migrant vulnerability to exploitation, violence, abuse and human trafficking, according to a new report published yesterday (21/12) by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

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Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

Rohingya Arrivals in Bangladesh Hit 655,000 as Winter Weather Brings New Shelter, Health Challenges

Posted on Fri. December 22, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – On Christmas day it will be four months since the start of the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. Latest figures show 655,000 people have arrived in that period, bringing the estimated total number of Rohingya in Cox’s Bazaar to 867,500.

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Petrus, an AVRR beneficiary from the Netherlands on his sheep farm in Armenia. File photo: IOM

New IOM Report Recommends Steps to Strengthen Reintegration Programmes for Returnees

Posted on Fri. December 22, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, published today (22/12) the report Setting Standards for an Integrated Approach to Reintegration. The report, prepared and conducted by the Samuel Hall think tank, outlines recommendations to support sustainable reintegration of migrants who return to their home countries in the framework of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes.

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Migration in the News

  • Nikkei Asian Review reported that of the 258 million international migrants, Asia is the top region of origin with 106 million. 
  • AFP reported that some Nigerian migrants who have left Libya in recent weeks have accused sub-Saharan mafia groups of being part of the criminal networks that illtreated, kidnapped and enslaved them. 
  • Reuters reported about Ukrainian migrants and former slaves who are now being assisted with setting up small businesses with IOM assistance.
  • Indepth News reported that traumatized Rohingya women bear the brunt of persecution as thousands flee violence in Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Star and the Independent, and Republica reported that thousands of women migrant workers in the Middle East have signed employment contracts that they do not understand or do not adequately protect them against discrimination and abuse, according to a recent study carried out by UN Women and IOM, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 
  • Xinhua reported that the number of irregular migrant in Libya had reached 700,000 according to a Libyan immigration official. 
  • Business Insider reported that one in three young and educated Nigerian has considered leaving the country in search of greener pastures in other countries. 
  • Down to Earth reported that the UN has launched a new initiative to build climate resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel region of Africa through climate-smart agriculture and as result double farmers’ income in Africa, in three years.

Trending on the Internet

  • The BBC reported that the UK Parliament had debated the migrant slave trade in Libya and Members of Parliament had called upon the British government to take urgent action to prevent African migrants being sold as slaves.
  • The Christian Post reported that a Grammy Award winning gospel singer is trying to mobilise international action against migrant slavery in Libya and has also asked people to support IOM, the UN Migration Agency which is working to get the migrants out of Libya and back home.


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